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    Girl Scouts at 100: Courage, character... and cookies

    On March 12, 1912, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low got a small group of girls together in her hometown of Savannah, Georgia and held the first Girl Scout meeting.

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    100 years of courage, character ... and cookies -

    On March 12, 1912, Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Low got a small group of girls together in her hometown of Savannah, Ga., and held the first Girl Scout meeting. Today, the Girl Scouts of America has a membership of more than 3.2 million women and girls and more than 50 million Girl Scout alumnae. Scroll through for a look at some archival photos from the first few decades of the Girl Scouts as well as their international equivalent and original inspiration, the Girl Guides, founded in 1909.

    Pitching in with peaches
    In this photo from the mid-1910s, three Girl Scouts collect peach pits during World War I. There is a sign on one basket which reads 'You save peach seeds — they will save soldier's lives. ' The pits were ground up and used as filter material in gas masks. During the war Girl Scouts also learned about food production and conservation, sold war bonds and worked in hospitals.

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    Founding mother -

    According to a biography on the Girl Scouts' website, founder Juliette Gordon Low, born into a wealthy family in Georgia, spent years "searching for something useful to do with her life." Here she gives a talk to a group of Girl Guide leaders in an English camp in the 1920s. The Girl Guides were formed in 1909 and were the inspiration for Low starting the movement in the U.S. The first U.S. troop was called the American Girl Guides; the name of the organization was soon changed to Girl Scouts.

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    A long tradition of cookies -

    The Girl Scout cookie program started as a way to finance troop activities as early as 1917. In the 1920s (the era of this photo), scouts across the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers. The cookies were wrapped in wax paper bags and sold door-to-door for 25 cents a dozen.

    An Early Girl Scout Cookie Recipe
    1 cup butter
    1 cup sugar plus additional amount for topping (optional)
    2 eggs
    2 tablespoons milk
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 cups flour
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    Cream butter and the cup of sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll dough, cut into trefoil shapes, and sprinkle sugar on top, if desired. Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Makes six- to seven-dozen cookies.

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    Across the pond -

    Juliette Gordon Low, shown with a parrot in England in 1925, formed a Girl Guides troop in Scotland for girls working in factories. She helped them set up a small business that enabled them to take home money to their families without working in the unhealthy conditions of the factory.

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    Where's the fire? -

    A group of Girl Scouts sit and stand on two large automobiles in front of a building at Great Lakes Naval Training Station in North Chicago in 1928. Some wear firefighters' helmets. By the end of the decade there were more than 200,000 Girl Scouts.

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    Tea time -

    On June 16, 1942, Girl Guides bring tea to demolition workers in Canterbury, England during World War II, after the town was hit by air raids.

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    From scout to queen -

    Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II, right), helps with the washing up at a Girl Guides camp at Windsor, Berkshire, England on July 25, 1944. The princess was Patrol Leader of the Buckingham Palace company of guides.

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    At the Capitol -

    Two Girl Scouts visit a statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Capitol building in Washington D.C., circa 1945. During World War II, Girl Scouts operated bicycle courier services, invested more than 48,000 hours in Farm Aide projects, collected fat and scrap metal, and grew Victory Gardens.

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    Britain bound -

    Girl Scouts from Kentucky arrive in London on July 11, 1947, for the International Folk Dance Festival. Girl Scouts and Girl Guides from many countries demonstrated their national dances to traditional music in Hyde Park, London, and Hampton Court.

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    The first Girl Scout -

    Margaret "Daisy Doots" Gordon, the niece and namesake of Girl Scouts founder Juliette Gordon Low, was the first member of the first troop, and so was known as the first Girl Scout. As an adult, left, then known as Mrs. Samuel G. Laurence, she demonstrated skils of an earlier time to some scouts on November 4, 1948, during a celebration honoring her aunt in Savannah, Georgia.

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    Baptism by fire -

    The first Girl Scout, Margaret Gordon, demonstrated how scouts used to start fires with the friction method (or tried to; the tinder failed to light).

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    Centenary occasion -

    Girl Guides from around the world listen to a speech given by Lady Olave Baden-Powell, the widow of scouting's founder, Robert Baden-Powell, at a World Guide Camp held to mark the centenary of his birth, Windsor Great Park, in July 1957.

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    Campaigning for road safety -

    A troop of Girl Guides march down London's Fleet Street on April 22, 1961, as part of a safety campaign organized by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

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    Meeting the president -

    A Girl Scout meets President Lyndon B. Johnson on May 1, 1964. The Girls Scouts were catching on worldwide in the 1960s; the Senior Girl Scout Handbook was translated into Spanish, and the Brownie Girl Scout Handbook was translated into Japanese.

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    Flowers for the queen -

    Queen Elizabeth, who served in the Girl Guides in her youth, receives a bouquet from a Girl Scout on her arrival at Prince Edward Island in Canada in 1964.

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    Troop 170, 1970 -

    Members of Girl Scout Troop 170 of Fort Sheridan, Ill., hold a candlelight ceremony in 1970. Five years later, Girl Scout members elected the first African-American national Girl Scout president, Gloria D. Scott.

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